Welcome to the SLP

Starting to record in our (then) new workspace in Berlin. Image: Danielle Cohen

In early 2016, the Secret Library Podcast began. Over hundreds of episodes and many seasons, I’ve been exploring the ins and outs of what it takes to write and publish books in today’s complex world.

We’ve played with multiple formats and schedules, from every week to a seasonal format, learning a lot about how to produce a show along the way.1 Currently, we release episodes every other Thursday from February — May and mid-August — mid-December.

Please note that the majority of our guests appear by invitation.2

I’m Caroline Donahue and I host the show. Haley Hatcher is our podcast producer, Ali Brown Cranmer is my assistant, Barry McWilliams designed our logo, and our theme music was composed by Emily Hawkins.

This is the truth about writing books.

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If this is your first encounter with The Secret Library, welcome!
Our back catalogue is LARGE, so we’ve organized the archive for your browsing ease below.

Back in the show’s early days in Los Angeles. Image: Danielle Cohen

Seasons and Topics

Given that “Season One” lasted over three years, we’ve compiled those episodes by theme only. All other episodes are tagged by season and topic.

Select a topic or season to begin:


Episodes by Topic:

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In fact, if you’re curious about starting a podcast, I created the course Inside the Secret Library Podcast to share all I’ve learned.


We do not accept requests to appear on the show via this site. To submit a guest suggestion, please do so here. Please note that we cannot reply to every request and will only be in touch if the guest is a match.
Thank you for your understanding.